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KC man gets lengthy prison sentence after life of crime

Updated: 2013-04-12T19:20:12Z

By TONY RIZZO

The Kansas City Star

A Jackson County judge on Friday put an emphatic end to a Kansas City man’s long life of crime on the city’s streets.

Circuit Judge David Byrn sentenced Diamond Blair to two life sentences plus 100 years in prison for the 2009 robbery and killing outside of a midtown apartment building.

A jury had found Blair, 37, guilty of second-degree murder, first-degree robbery and armed criminal action in the shooting death of 22-year-old Montague Kevin Ashline.

Byrn sentenced Blair to life for the murder and robbery convictions and imposed 50-year sentences on two counts of armed criminal action. The sentences were ordered to run consecutively.

Blair is already is serving a 23-year federal prison sentence for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Several other members of Blair’s family have been convicted of murder, including his mother, and his uncle, Terry Blair, who was convicted of killing six women along the Prospect Avenue corridor.

Diamond Blair’s criminal record includes an arrest at age six, and numerous charges as a juvenile including robbery, kidnapping and weapons violations.

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